Upcoming energy and sustainability events
Your rundown of some of the biggest upcoming energy and sustainability events around the globe
Event: Ethical Corporation’s Sustainability Reporting and Communications Summit 2019
Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Dates: 16-17 October 2019
Join over 300 global CEOs, investors and heads of business for this two-day event to learn how businesses can promote greater transparency and shape the future of sustainability reporting and communications. Speakers at this year’s event include: Frances Way, Chief Strategy Officer at CDP; Rasmus Skov, Head of Group Sustainability at Orsted; and Fiona Wild, Vice President, Climate Change and Sustainability at BHP Billiton.
Location: China National Convention Center, Beijing
Date: 17-20 October 2019
IEEVChina, or the International New Energy and Intelligent Connected Vehicles Exhibition, dubs itself as the “largest professional event in Asia”. It will include exhibitors covering topics such as intelligent transportation, internet and communications, AI and new energy. The event will operate across five indoor exhibition halls, 10 feature exhibition areas and one outdoor test driving experience area. Concurrent forums will also take place across China. This year’s event is hosted by the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade Machinery Sub-Council, the China Electrotechnical Society, Autoknow Magazine, Global Auto Group and China Automotive Engineering Research Institute Co Ltd.
Event: Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summit
Location: Bloomberg LP, 731 Lexington Avenue, New York, USA
Date: 22-23 October 2019
The Bloomberg Sustainable Business Summits are leading events hosted around the world for business and thought leaders to come together to drive enhanced sustainability in business and finance. At these events, Bloomberg offers opportunities to accrue insights on, among others: best practices for sustainable revenue growth, establishing internal definitions and goals for sustainability and how investors can assess the relative sustainability of various opportunities. Scheduled speakers for the New York event include: Lee Ballin, Head of Sustainable Business Programs at Bloomberg; Jostein Solheim, Executive Vice President of Foods and Refreshment at Unilever America; Rose Stuckey Kirk, Chief Corporate Social Responsibility Officer at Verizon; and many more. Sister events are due to be held on 19 September in Toronto and 12 December in Hong Kong.
Social media links: Sustainable Business Summit website
Event: World Sustainability Congress
Location: Sheraton Grand Jakarta Gandaria City Hotel, Indonesia
Dates: 24 October 2019
Hosted by World Sustainability – a non-profit dubbed as a ‘for-purpose organisation’ and focused on advocating sustainable leadership – the event brings together corporate organisations, NGOs, public interest groups and government bodies to share and discuss cutting-edge practices for sustainable business. Registration is currently open for speakers.
Social media links: World Sustainability Congress website
Event: BSR Conference 2019
Location: San Jose, California
Dates: 12-14 November 2019
This year marks the 27th annual BSR conference, one of the most prestigious sustainability events in the business calendar. The theme for this year’s event is ‘The New Climate for Business’. BSR speakers will include global leaders spanning business, sustainability and civil society. Last year’s event, hosted speakers Kate Brandt, Google Sustainability Officer at Google and Marie-Claire Daveu, Chief Sustainability Officer and Head of International Institutional Affairs at Kering.
Event: POWERGEN International exhibition and summit
Location: New Orleans, US
Dates: 19-21 November 2019
With over 14,000 people attending the 2018 event, POWERGEN International is a must-see summit for generators, utilities and solution-providers engaged in power generation. “The exhibit hall provides an interactive experience personalised to connect attendees with the latest technology and innovations in the conventional and renewable markets from around the world,” reads the event’s website. “The summit and knowledge hubs deliver transformative content including disruption from conventional and emerging, clean and sustained energy sources, niche technologies and the fluctuation of economics and policy.”
Event: edie Sustainability Leaders Forum 2020
Location: Business Design Centre, London
Date: 4-5 February 2020
The edie Sustainability Leaders Forum is set to host over 300 sustainability leaders from CEOs and sustainability directors, to policymakers and NGOs. The forum includes global names like Unilever, Coca Cola, P&G, NG, AXA and more. The event is organised by edie, a sustainable business media organisation which provides research and reports for sustainability professionals. It also hosts industry awards which recognise those who are “redefining what it means to be a sustainable, ethical and responsible business”. The awards include categories such as: ‘consultancy of the year,’ ‘carbon reduction,’ ‘energy efficiency,’ ‘rising sustainability star’ and ‘sustainable supply chains.’
Event: All-Energy Exhibition Conference
Location: Glasgow, UK
Date: 13-14 May 2020
Glasgow’s All-Energy Exhibition and Conference strives to enable the UK renewable low carbon energy community “to interact, conduct business, network and learn, whether face-to-face or online”, according to the organisers. Held annually in Scotland, the event brings together a total audience of around 7,000 and promises to be a must-attend conference for any energy professional.
Trafigura and Yara International explore clean ammonia usage
Reducing shipping emissions is a vital component of the fight against global climate change, yet Greenhouse Gas emissions from the global maritime sector are increasing - and at odds with the IMO's strategy to cut absolute emissions by at least 50% by 2050.
How more than 70,000 ships can decrease their reliance on carbon-based sources is one of transport's most pressing decarbonisation challenges.
Yara and Trafigura intend to collaborate on initiatives that will establish themselves in the clean ammonia value chain. Under the MoU announced today, Trafigura and Yara intend to work together in the following areas:
- The supply of clean ammonia by Yara to Trafigura Group companies
- Exploration of joint R&D initiatives for clean ammonia application as a marine fuel
- Development of new clean ammonia assets including marine fuel infrastructure and market opportunities
Magnus Krogh Ankarstrand, President of Yara Clean Ammonia, said the agreement is a good example of cross-industry collaboration to develop and promote zero-emission fuel in the form of clean ammonia for the shipping industry. "Building clean ammonia value chains is critical to facilitate the transition to zero emission fuels by enabling the hydrogen economy – not least within trade and distribution where both Yara and Trafigura have leading capabilities. Demand and supply of clean ammonia need to be developed in tandem," he said.
There is a growing consensus that hydrogen-based fuels will ultimately be the shipping fuels of the future, but clear and comprehensive regulation is essential, according to Jose Maria Larocca, Executive Director and Co-Head of Oil Trading for Trafigura.
Ammonia has a number of properties that require "further investigation," according to Wartsila. "It ignites and burns poorly compared to other fuels and is toxic and corrosive, making safe handling and storage important. Burning ammonia could also lead to higher NOx emissions unless controlled either by aftertreatment or by optimising the combustion process," it notes.
Trafigura has co-sponsored the R&D of MAN Energy Solutions’ ammonia-fuelled engine for maritime vessels, has performed in-depth studies of transport fuels with reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and has published a white paper on the need for a global carbon levy for shipping fuels to be introduced by International Maritime Organization.
Oslo-based Yara produces roughly 8.5 million tonnes of ammonia annually and employs a fleet of 11 ammonia carriers, including 5 fully owned ships, and owns 18 marine ammonia terminals with 580 kt of storage capacity – enabling it to produce and deliver ammonia across the globe.
It recently established a new clean ammonia unit to capture growth opportunities in emission-free fuel for shipping and power, carbon-free fertilizer and ammonia for industrial applications.